Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #1)
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Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #1)

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Junior high really stinks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: His mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers and no one to teach him, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. Wh...more
Paperback, 182 pages
Published September 2008 by Scholastic Inc. (first published August 2007)
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I'm sure Heather Brewer thought she was pretty damn clever when she named her main vampire character Vladimir (as in "The Impaler"); or when she named another (pretty much non-existent) character Edgar Poe; or when she named the big, scary, dressed-all-in-black, bad guy D'Ablo. And then, of course, she just had to throw in that the street that the vampire family lived on was Lugosi Trail (the only street name, or spacial reference in the whole book).
The plot and build of the story was rather th...more
Sita Sargeant
This has got to be the best out of the whole series, I remember buying and reading these at the start of year 8, I loved them then, sped through all the books and bought and read the last one the day it came out. I recently read them and I was a little disappointed. I thought they were amazing in my mind, not so much in real life.

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But in saying that, I still found them slightly entertaining, and after re-reading them all. I again concluded that the first one was the best. This is why...more
Vladimir Tod is no ordinary 8th grader. Like most 8th graders, he is trying to negotiate the trials and tribulations of middle school, including a pair of bullies, an unrequited crush, teachers and homework, and oh yeah, the fact that he is a vampire. On top of all this, his English teacher is missing and they get a bizarre new substitute. His mother was human and his father was a vampire but they died in a tragic and mysterious fire when Vlad was 10, therefore he has little guidance to help him...more
Killer Rabbit
"It's better than Twilight."
Heh. That's what my 13 year old daughter told me when I asked her what she thought of this book. Being a curious parent, I asked her to elaborate...

In the words of Inigo Montoya, "Let me explain." [pause] "No, there is too much. Let me sum up." According to my daughter, this pre-adolescent book felt more 'real'. For example, she liked that the vampires had to put on sunscreen to go out in the sun so they wouldn't burst into flames. I guess the Twilight sparkly sun fun...more
A quick read, but a surprisingly good one, even for an adult. Typical of a kid's book, the plot is a bit simplistic, but it was a good story with believable characters. A lot of background had to be covered & it was well done. This is mostly Vlad figuring out what he is, which fits rather well with his age, too.

One of the more interesting points is the characterization of the various people. They're not as simple as in most books of this type & even the bad guys have redeeming qualities...more
Bethany Andrews
I'm a complete sucker for vampire stories and "Eighth Grade Bites" did not disappoint me. The story is about a boy named Vladimir Tod an eighth grader with a deep dark secret -- he's a vampire. After his parents died mysteriously and tragically in a flash fire, Vlad was taken in by his "aunt" Nelly, his mother's best friend. As far as Vlad is concerned, he's the only vampire in the world, aside from his now deceased father.

We follow Vladimir through the mysterious disappearance of his English t...more
Julie Suzanne
It's unfortunate that this enticing book cover and concept (an 8th grade vampire) were wasted in this way. I didn't think I'd make it through, and only did so out of sheer determination, but the ending turned out to be suspenseful and exciting, causing me to bump my 1 star to a two. The first 120 pages, however, were like having to read an 8th grade student's first draft of a "book".

Not only did the writing fail to engage, but it actually grossed me out. Imagine an 8th grade vampire who eats fr...more
Vladimir Tod doesn’t have much to look forward to in school. As a skinny pale boy in eighth grade, he is often subject to taunts and bullying. To make matters worse, the principal probably hates him and his crush probably likes his more popular best friend Henry. But puberty and teen angst aren’t all Vlad has to worry about; in fact, those are the lesser of his problems because Vlad is only half human—the other half is vampire. The disappearance of a well-liked teacher and the appearance of not...more
Wendy Darling
A fun, fast, and fluffy read with lots of humor. I liked Vlad's voice, but the story was a little simplistic for my taste. Hoping to see more plot development in future novels!
Mr. Z
Several students recommended this book for me to read. The vampire genre has regained popularity, with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga and now Heather Brewer's The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. Vlad is a middle schooler born to a vampire father and a human mother. He is not your typical vampire from legends, feasting on bags of blood his aunt gets from a hospital instead of killing humans to feed. At school, Vlad has trouble with his principal, teacher and bullies. It seems life couldn't get more...more
Lissa Smith
A classic tale of coming of age with a supernatural bite that even the guys will secretly love.
Apr 28, 2009 Alexis rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8-10 year old boys absolutely desperate to read about vampires
Vladimir Tod is an eighth grade vampire born of a human mother. His parents died when he was ten, so he lives with his Aunt Nelly, a human who knows his secret. His best friend Henry also knows, but Vlad hides his bloodthirsty ways from the general public. It's bad enough that he gets picked on by two jerky guys in his grade and can barely work up the courage to say hi to the girl he's crushing on - just imagine if they also knew he was a vampire!

But when Vlad's favorite teacher goes missing, a...more
I have been excited to read this, and figured I'd read the entire series, because I know so many people who just love these books. But . . . um, I'm not one of them.

The basic story is great. Vlad, his best friend Henry, and his Aunt Nelly are wonderful characters. And Vlad has a lot of problems, poor kid! His parents died mysteriously, there might be evil vampires after him, his favorite teacher has disappeared and the sub is acting funny around Vlad, and the girl he's crushing on appears to lik...more
Lit Fest Magazine

I love me some vampire stories. I own every one of Charlaine Harris's rather mediocre Southern Vampire Mysteries series. In high school, I was in the Lestat crowd. I own most of the Buffy and Angel DVD collections. I even watched Daybreakers. Vampires are serious business in my house, and part of the charm of any new vampire series is how the vampires function in the new world. What is true, and what is laughable myth in this particular portrayal?

So then, there's EIGHTH GRADE BITES the first boo...more
"If I concentrate, I can make my body float, and sometimes I can read people's thoughts. But for the most part, being a vampire bites."

Adorable. This was such a cute story...OMG. I read some not so kind reviews and I think people's expectations were too high. If you're looking for an earth shattering read...skip this. It's not going to rock your world. But...it's damn cute. It's exactly what I expected it to be. Vlad is adorable and super sweet...crushing on a girl, hanging with his BFF Henry (R...more
The book I have read,is about a boy named Vladimir Tod and he is a vampire. His parrents died in a car crash or so they thought. His best Freind is named Henry and he knows Vlad'd secret ever sence he was seven. They both go to the same high school and they are both bullied by bullies, nagged by his teachers, and the girl he likes would rather be his friend. Vlad struggles each day with blood, he lives with his aunt Nelly who also knows his secret. Each day Nelly gives him blood bags which is ea...more
All I have to say is two things:
One: TCVT is better than Twilight! First, vampires dont flippin' "sparkle" in sunlight, mmkay? They burst into flames and end in a pile of ashes, never to return to the face of the earth ever again! (Lesson learned from D'Ablo in the...Third book. :P)
Two: I wishhhh the characters were REALLLLL~~ Wait, what am I talking about, in my world, I go out and kidnap my favorite characters from books and have them live with me! (so far my house is full of kidnapped presenc...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Grandma Bev for TeensReadToo.com

Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod is being raised by "Aunt" Nelly, his mother's best friend. His human mother and vampire father were both killed in a fire, leaving their young vampire son an orphan. Life is not easy for Vlad...the school bullies harass him, the principal seems to have it in for him, and the girl he likes best and wants to ask to the dance seems to prefer his friend, Henry.

Aunt Nelly understands his problems and helps him to hide the fac...more
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As if eighth grade isn’t hard enough when your human, try being a vampire. As is the life story of Vladimir Todd. Vladimir Todd half human half vampire, orphaned nearly three years ago, only two humans now his is secret; his best friend Henry and his guardian, Nelly.

Vlad is disturbed by the disappearance of his teacher Mr. Craig, and something is defiantly a little strange about the new substitute teacher Mr. Otis. Vlad discovers more about he mysterious death of his parents, through his father’...more
Taneika (Flipping Through The Pages...)
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This is probably more 3.5

This book follows a 13 year old boy, Vladimir Tod, a vampire, through his first year of high school. Vlad is a human-vampire hybrid with a human mother and a vampire father. Vlad deals with the usual dilemmas in highschool like crushing on the pretty girl at school, putting up with bullies and having your aunty hide your blood fix in your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches…

Vlad has to deal with a creepy subsi...more
This is the first book about Vladimir Tod, an eighth grade student and a vampire. He deals with the daily toil of being different, being picked on by school bullies and crushing on a girl whom he has trouble even speaking to.
Vlad is the only son of a vampire father and human mother and his parents died in a fire three years before the book starts. The plot revolves around Vlad, who survives on bags of blood furnished by his Aunt Nelly, a nurse, finding out more about his heritage, his abilities...more
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer is such fun. First book in the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, we see our hero through eighth grade. And middle school isn't easy on anybody. It's such an awkward year and everyone's unsure of themselves, no one more so that Vlad Tod. He has reason to be, as a he's half-vampire.

Vlad is such a great character, he's a very different vampire than I've read before. Uncomfortable with himself and unsure of where he belongs. No moodiness or angstiness. Instead I could...more
Primo capitolo della nuovissima saga urban fantasy per giovanissimi (10/14 anni) dedicata all’affiscinante figura del “vampiro”, elemento fantasy ormai decisamente inflazionato e che sembra non aver più nulla da “raccontare” ai lettori. Heather Brewer, invece, riesce a fornirci un romanzo (-etto, visto che conta meno di 200 pagine) in grado di affascinare i giovani lettori grazie alla sua fresca ironia. Qualcosa di divertente e innovativo che potremmo affiancare, quasi, al lavoro di James Patter...more
Vladimir Tod isn't your normal thirteen-year-old. Instead, he's a half-vampire. Vlad's parents died when he was ten and he has no idea of the extent of his powers. The only people who know his secret are his aunt Nelly and his best friend Henry - whom he bit when they were eight. When one of his teachers mysteriously vanishes and the new substitute begins questioning him a little too much, Vlad begins to fear for his life.

You'd think after all the hype over Twilight, I'd be sick of vampire books...more
I wanted so desperately to like this book - I work with books for a living and I'm always on the look out for good reads for younger teens, especially ones that appeal to boys. So after hearing so many good things about this series I decided to give this a shot. The premise and characters all sounded so fun and the book started out with a definite bang but sadly that's all it really has going for it.

I wish I could give this book two reviews - one for how I think it should be viewed in the eyes...more
Sophie Riggsby
Two confessions: I love a good vampire story that doesn't take itself seriously. And I had to wrestle this book away from my 6th Grade son.

You see, my son's school requires him to read a book and complete a four page report on it every two weeks. Generally, I try to read his selections first. I'm one of "those mamas" who wants to make sure I know what my children are reading at all times. But I didn't pre-read Eight Grade Bites so there was a bit of a tug of war and many exclamations ending wit...more
Lauren Stoolfire
I really liked the sense of humor in this book and all of the references. It served as a good introduction to Vlad's world, as well, but at points I thought it got a little too predictable concerning Mr. Otis despite all the twists and turns. I was confused as to why the mark was given near the end regardless of the sense of community/family it offers because wasn't that what the father needed to get rid of if he didn't want to be found? Anyway, I look forward to more plot development and cultur...more
For Christmas my friend gave me the Vlademir Tod book set and she really thought I'd enjoy it. When she first gave it to me I was excited about reading it but I also thought about what I was going to do with all these series to read. I started it and really liked it and can't wait to read the next one which is currently sitting at home on my bookshelf (even though my friends have fear that I'm going to turn into a vampire...my mom included).
Dec 30, 2007 Robin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like vampire stories
I am such a nerdy librarian because there are days when I go into technical services here in the library and I get SO excited that new books have come in! This title was one of those that I grabbed as soon as it was shelf-ready and read it in one day.

I had seen this author on MySpace and I was very intrigued by the cover, especially. Lots of fun and gets in on the vampire craze from the point of view of a boy!
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Heather Brewer was not your typical teen growing up. She wore black, danced under full moons and devoured every book in sight.
She hasn’t changed much.

Today, Heather can be found writing in her funky, black Happy Bunny jammie pants, dancing under the full moon, devouring every book in sight, and attending Renaissance Festivals in costume (and in character).

When Heather's not writing, dressing up,...more
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